Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that Moscow can’t ignore all of NATO’s nuclear capabilities since NATO leaders have been calling for Russia’s defeat.
“In today’s conditions, when all the leading NATO countries have declared their main goal as inflicting a strategic defeat on us, so that our people suffer as they say, how can we ignore their nuclear capabilities in these conditions?” Putin said.
Putin made the comments after suspending Russia’s participation in New START, the last nuclear arms control treaty between the US and Russia, which limits the deployment of warheads and launchers. He said Sunday that he wants the treaty in the future to take into account the nuclear arsenals of France and Britain.
The US, Britain, and France are the only three NATO countries with nuclear weapons, although the US has nukes deployed in other countries under the alliance’s nuclear-sharing program, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey.
France is estimated to have about 300 nuclear warheads, and the UK has about 200. But the British announced in 2021 that they were raising the cap of warheads they can have in their arsenal from 180 to 260, a 40% increase. The move calls into question London’s commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The New START limits the deployment of nuclear warheads at 1,550, more than Britain and France’s stockpiles combined. But the treaty also includes an inspection regime that Putin might want the countries to be involved in. Russian officials have also stressed that the New START could be restored if the US takes steps to de-escalate tensions.
42 thoughts on “Putin Says Russia Cannot Ignore NATO’s Nuclear Capabilities”
I get tired of Putin always defining the “conflicts” that he starts. He selectively “withdraws” from the current agreement and expects the US to keep the parts of the agreement that suits Putin. Now he is making demands for a new treaty according to way he wants it.
The US should simply abandon the current agreement that Putin broke and move on with modernizing and upgrading the US current abilities. With in two years the US sub fleet can be upgraded to their full design capabilities which will double the amount of warheads the US subs can carry.
Your posts are becoming more reckless and unhinged, Kenneth. If you had any power or influence, you would constitute an existential threat to the biosphere.
Here you go again.
Anyone that supports the West and Ukraine is brainwashed, uninformed, and an existential threat. You and the rest of pro Russian war folks here are the ones with their head on their shoulders. Even the most pro Russia radical ones here get nothing but likes from you or zero counters. Yep, you are clearly not brainwashed. Very risible
Just to correct you, to make it short, the facts do not support you and do not support a rational response.
No, the facts only support you and your ideas. Everyone else is wrong,
I don’t make the facts. I draw conclusions, so do you, or not?
Ah yes, effort free moralizing. Way to “win” the argument. It would probably be more effective if you weren’t doing it in specifically the one place everyone is sick of that shit.
Anyway, have you ever tried logical and researched arguments?
You are a bit unhinged, your post is incoherent.
Your double standards are ridiculous. Bush started by ending the ABM treaty, and every American president after him continued to eliminate one nuclear agreement after the other. Not counting all the deceptions and lies they made. There is not a shred of credibility left on the American side. The Americans can’t be trusted, as they did with the American Indians where they broke every single agreement they now do with any nation on the globe. Americans can’t be trusted.
Sad, but true.
But the Kremlin can surely be trusted on everything. Like when they said the West was lying about the Russian’s so called invasion of Ukraine. We all know that invasion never took place. Good news is, if you live in the very america you hate, you can say things like what you just said.
The Americans invaded Ukraine when they helped to organize and fund the regime change with the neo-Nazis in 2014, that was the day Ukraine lost its sovereignty.
May I remind you, we have a very much controlled press, MSM is corporate owned and serves the corporations in control of the government. Journalists get fired if they don’t obey the gov. narrative and not just since Biden. I have no influence, so I am not a danger to our gov.
Our gov. lied to us when they invaded Iraq, they lied when they invaded Afghanistan, Vietnam and on and on we can go, remember the incubator babies? Our gov. officials are like used car sales men, they can’t be trusted.
No offense to the people in the used car business, I think things have improved there over the years, just not in politics.
To be critical of the government is part of Democracy, if it is a democracy, one does not have to hate to be critical. If you really love your country you must be critical to prevent bad government to take the nation over the cliff as our current neocon administration is about to do.
The neocons have a miles and miles long trail of failures to prove it. They dug a deep hole for the US now they don’t know how to get out, so they keep digging deeper instead of stopping, must be because they are so smart.
And the brainwashed lemmings go on following the deranged neocon cabal with Biden leading the way, a deranged old man.
“Good news is, if you live in the very america you hate, you can say things like what you just said.”
I remember you told me to watch myself when I called Biden the “enemy”. You said the secret service people might come knocking on my door. Why do you hate America Don?
Don’t trust any government that has nuclear weapons. It is an absolute demonstration of broken morality.
I make an exception for China, the only nuclear power that has declared an absolute no first strike policy with no exceptions. In fact, China underscores its policy by storing its warheads separately from its missiles and bombers.
India has a limited no first strike policy that allows a first strike in retaliation for a biological or chemical attack.
I also respect Iran’s ethichal position that prohibits the use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances.
Nicely said ZM, nicely said.
Let’s see, how many treaties, agreements with Russia have we withdrawn from;
1) ABM Treaty
2) INF Treaty
3) Open Skies agreement
4) Agreement that NATO (U.S.)would not move one inch East.
And more, remember Iran? And the AI have a song to sing about all the broken treaties with them before they were send to live on reservations on the continent which is really their continent.
I think that will be the case. But not just the US will increase their nuclear ability to destroy now 12 earths instead of just 8, other nations will too. If we just not let Putin have his perverse non-proliferating way with nukes we might finally get over that magical boundary of 100 earths destructive power. And while were at it the US should have subs that can blow up the Moon too, just so to sanction Russians out of having romantic nights.
It is a fair point, now do we get to include China and North Korea?
Then there’s Israel….
Exactly! In fact nothing is possible until the West de-nazifies. Nothing can be achieved until the barbarians are sent back to their pig sties and securely penned up.
Everyone with nukes should be included.
I agree in principle. But Israel and North Korea will not surrender their nukes even if all the other powers did so. And I am not sure Pakistan will agree to limitations until it settles its conflict with India.
But it certainly makes sense for UK and France to be included in arms control agreements between US and Russia. Until now China has said that arms control really is an issue between the US and Russia who collectively possess over 11,000 nukes while China only has about 350 and a no first strike commitment.
Nukes are here to stay. No one will give theirs up. But if we can daydream, we might as well daydream big.
Don’t forget Israel.
The greatest challenge for the nuclear powers is avoiding that fateful scenario where nukes will have to be used. History shows that our control over reality is limited, made worse at the tendency to escape into illusion when it comes to war.
Now Blinken claims that Modi from India helped to prevent Putin from using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
That is not plausible, it is a fact, Blinken has zero credibility and they have dug a deep hole and don’t know how to get out, if they even have enough brain wanting to get out. They are Vollidioten they should be locked up in an insane asylum.
It would be great if Prime minister Modi of India could show President Biden the light of day how to end his pig-headed refusal to negotiate with President Putin to end the slaughter in Ukraine.
First step for Biden would be “to show respect for your opponent” Simple decency and good manners, it costs nothing but a few votes in the next election, but peace could win many more votes.
“The move calls into question London’s commitment to…” Their only unquestionable commitment is to war. Wikipedia ran out of room to list all their wars. They had 2 separate pages for before 1708 and after 1708. …No, I’m not kidding!
Otherwise, they’re peaceful people with a well developed unhinged desire for nuclear war. (Sarcasm alert)
the US has nukes deployed in other countries under the alliance’s nuclear-sharing program, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey
which means that those countries should be considered to be “nuclear powers” just like all the real “nuclear powers”
The newest fairytale from Blinken, he says the Indians helped to prevent Putin to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
They are desperate in Washington, shooting down $12.00 weather balloons with $400 000 missiles did not work out too well, they look like the idiots they really are. Then the war declaration on Germany,the leading economy in the EU, its own ally and other NATO members, even more idiotic, and the consequences are only beginning to develop. They can’t prove Seymour Hersh wrong, too bad. Their silence tells it all, now another stupid statement from the most stupid and incompetent SOS Blinken. When will it all end?
A Republican administration will not help. The baton will be passed to them. The same neocons are always around. So it goes.
They will just ignore the war we started in Ukraine so they can start another with China instead.
“But the British announced in 2021 that they were raising the cap of warheads they can have in their arsenal from 180 to 260, a 40% increase.”
Yes, those 80 extra nukes will keep the world from being a smoldering pile of ash. More money well spent. /s
Thanks to this US proxy war we are now witness of a development in the other direction. Proliferation of nuclear weapons to nations who don’t have them yet (which predictably only gains momentum with time) and increase of the stockpiles of existing nuclear powers.
The cat is out of the bag and has already been courting the furry cuties in the neighbourhood.
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